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Wildlife in Zion

I came across these images (below) by photographer Eric D. Brown today, and thought they would help illustrate a common topic of discussion here: wildlife in Zion. People often ask us, “What sorts of animals will we see in Zion?” I usually respond by highlighting the wonderful diversity of insects, birds, and small reptiles and mammals that are fairly easy to come across while hiking on Zion’s many trails. But typically, people want to know about the bigger, sexier beasts – lions and tigers and bears, oh my! So let’s talk about megafauna for a moment, shall we? While Zion does host a number of larger mammals, such as coyotes, foxes, beavers, elk, porcupines, mountain lions, ringtail cats, and an occasional visiting black bear, we rarely see these animals. The rare sightings stem from a variety of reasons: many larger mammals stick to remote habitats, some are noctural (active only at night) or crepuscular (dusk & dawn activity), and most prefer to avoid humans. The most common megafauna sightings are probably mule deer and wild turkeys, both of which frequently inhabit Zion Canyon, along the shuttle drive. In fact, mule deer are common visitors to Springdale, bounding regularly across Zion … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Abandon Your Dog In A Slot Canyon

Saw this sad story today… Can you imagine rappelling 350′ into a canyon WITH your dog, and then deciding you no longer wanted the company? Seems difficult to believe. I wish they could interview the dog to relieve our imaginations. Position statement: While bringing your canine friend along with you on a technical canyon trip is already a questionable choice, LEAVING him/her in the middle to starve to death is certainly a bad one. Thanks to the gentleman who managed to bring this dog out with him, as well as all the other good souls who rescue skunks, snakes, squirrels, and even cougar carcasses from the canyons every year.

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